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Waffle House, PublicData Face FCRA Violation Claims

Waffle House, Inc. and PublicData.com are the defendants in a proposed class action lawsuit along with their respective parent companies, an affiliate of PublicData and its individual owner. The suit was filed by 20 plaintiffs who claim Waffle House “routinely obtains and uses information from background reports in connection with its hiring processes without complying with state and federal mandates for doing so.” According to the complaint, Waffle House denied the plaintiffs employment because of information found on “slipshod consumer reports” provided by PublicData.com and unlawfully neglected to provide the plaintiffs with notice of the background checks and copies of their reports.

The suit argues that PublicData “maintains absolutely no policies or procedures” that comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) because it claims it is not a credit reporting agency. It allegedly denies liability for any inaccuracies in the reports and does not provide any way for consumers to dispute inaccurate information.

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